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Insights on Canberra’s Land Rent Bill

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Gavin Putland The ACT’s Land Rent Act, with promised savings of 79% compared to the standard mortgage-based system of home ownership, took effect on July 1. This is an innovative housing affordability policy. Here’s what I wrote about it a week before it became law. I make the following assumptions (which do not seem to […]

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An Independent A.C.T Taxation Policy

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This article was presented at a late 1980’s meeting prior to ACT self government and published in the Canberra Times. Terry Dwyer ACT finances will come from three sources – taxes, grants and borrowings. I do not propose to say much about borrowings because borrowings are not a source of current revenue. Australian Governments are […]

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Canberra’s Leasehold Land System

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by Leo Foley The primary source for this paper is “Canberra in Crisis” by Frank Brennan, 1971 The Road to Leasehold – the origins of the Canberra leasehold system.. Canberra is the offspring of politics and a social ideal. The politics were those of Federation and nation making. The ideal was one of social and […]

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